Sunday, March 16, 2014
I have never heard of shrikes coming to eat suet or meat scraps before, but both Cornell's Birds of North America online and A.C. Bent's "Life Histories.." makes mention of the behavior.
Other excitement in Bill's yard is a male Northern Flicker that appeared on the first week of March. This is exceptionally early for a migrant and I suspect the bird may have been one of a unusual number of flickers that wintered in Maine this year. The only Northern Flicker I have seen in northern Maine in winter was a bird that showed up in February of 2011. It too was in Bill's yard!!!
Bill sent a good documentation shot of his latest flicker eating spilled seed in the company of a couple of Blue Jays. The bird was photographed on March 11th.